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Cozy Wednesday featuring Theater Nights Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery) by Libby Klein – #Review / #Giveaway – @KensingtonBooks @LibbyKleinBooks

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am excited to feature Theater Nights Are Murder
for out 1st Cozy Wednesday of the year. 

Theater Nights Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – New Jersey
Publisher: Kensington (December 31, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN-10: 1496723376
ISBN-13: 978-1496723376
Kindle ASIN: B07Q7WHQ3H

Theater Nights Are Murder – The last thing gluten-free baker Poppy McAllister needs in her life is more drama—or more murder . . .

Poppy thought her toughest challenge this winter would be sticking to her Paleo diet and filling all her orders for her gluten-free goodies, but now she has to choose between two suitors. She’s not the only one with boyfriend drama. Aunt Ginny’s long-ago high-school beau, Royce Hanson, a retired Broadway actor, has returned to Cape May, New Jersey, to star in a Senior Center staging of Mamma Mia. Leaving Aunt Ginny to wonder: What’s his motivation?

Slated to open February 13th, the problem-plagued production seems to be cursed—with stolen props, sabotage, and even a death threat. But when a cast member plunges to his death from a catwalk, it soon becomes clear a murderer is waiting in the wings. Now Poppy, Aunt Ginny, and a supporting cast must take center stage to catch the killer—before it’s curtains for someone else . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Libby Klein has penned another terrific mystery filled with laugh-out-loud humor that makes this book impossible to put down.

“Aunt Ginny was somewhere in her  eighties, but somehow the feisty redhead got into more trouble than a five-year-old on a sugar binge.”

Yes, Poppy has her hands full again this time. The Senior Center is doing its version of Mamma Mia and all of “the biddies” including Aunt Ginny are involved. The director has persuaded Ginny’s high school flame, now a retired Broadway actor, to play a leading role. Why a successful man would lower himself to a local musical is unknown but everyone is excited to take part or see the show.

Opening night has been set for Friday, February 13 and it does seem the production is truly cursed. Props have gone missing, scenery panels have been vandalized and a death threat has been issued. The director tries to keep the play on course but when a cast member dies suspiciously – did he fall or was he pushed from the catwalk? the players get justifiably nervous. With a “the show must go on” attitude Poppy, Ginny and their friends push ahead while at the same time trying to reel in the killer before another murder brings down the house.

I fell hard for Poppy and Ginny reading the first book in this series, Class Reunions Are Murder, and every subsequent book just cements my feelings. Poppy is getting stronger and stronger. She is trying to get the B & B up and running amidst someone fraudulently posting bad reviews, doing some gluten-free baking on the side to bring in some cash, dealing with feelings for two men, (my mind is already made up) all while trying to keep Ginny and “the biddies” out of trouble and trying to do the job she was roped into for the play. The last thing she needed was a dead body! But she takes it all on.

The supporting cast is also stellar. All Aunt Ginny’s friends, Tim and Gia, Amber and even one very pretty Persian named Figaro. They are all very fleshed out and realistic. Their dialogues are true and sometimes pretty funny. The personalities of the new characters introduced in this story evolve as the drama unfolds.  Blanche aka Moira also grew up in Cape May and she has a history with Ginny. I loved the passive way Ginny stuck it to Moira on a daily basis. There are two very quirky/creepy characters too. While not my faves, they sure did add to the story.

The murder mystery was very well plotted and all the subplots flowed well within it. The victim was someone beloved by many and his death was hard to take, His death was misunderstood at first which was a little maddening for everyone involved. As the story unfolds the suspect list expands and the motive gets murky. Several red herrings really twist things up. Having more than one mystery to solve is always fun.  I loved all the secrets uncovered and the big reveals.

The Mamma Mia theme was a delight. The Abba music was playing in my head at every rehearsal. Senior citizens playing the parts was a hoot!!

Ooh, you can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl, watch that scene
Digging the dancing queen…

We are also treated to seven of Poppy’s recipes at the end of the book!

Theater Nights are Murder is a Perfect Escape. I have loved this entire series! Be prepared to have your funny bone seriously tickled and enjoy. I sure did!

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You can read my review of Midnight Snacks Are Murder here. 

You can read my review of Restaurant Weeks Are Murder here

Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.
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Glitter, Glam, and Contraband: A Delanie Fitzgerald Mystery by Heather Leigh Weidner #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @HeatherWeidner1

Glitter, Glam, and Contraband: A Delanie Fitzgerald Mystery
by Heather Leigh Weidner

About Glitter, Glam and Contraband


Glitter, Glam, and Contraband: A Delanie Fitzgerald Mystery
Traditional Mystery/Female Sleuth/Humorous Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Virginia
Publisher: Sandpiper Productions (November 19, 2019)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-10: 099945983X
ISBN-13: 978-0999459836
ASIN: B081PGYR7T

Private investigator, Delanie Fitzgerald, and her computer hacker partner, Duncan Reynolds, are back for more sleuthing in Glitter, Glam and Contraband. In this fast-paced mystery, the Falcon Investigations team is hired to find out who is stealing from the talent at a local drag show. Delanie gets more than she bargains for and a few makeup tips in the process. Meanwhile, a mysterious sound in the ceiling of her office vexes Delanie. She uses her sleuthing skills to track down the source and uncover a creepy contraband operation.

Glitter, Glam, and Contraband features a strong female sleuth with a knack for getting herself in and out of humorous situations like helping sleezy strip club owner, Chaz Smith on his quest to become Richmond’s next mayor, tracking down missing reptiles, and uncovering hidden valuables from a 100-year-old crime with a Poe connection.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

In this third Delanie Fitzgerald mystery, Delanie has her hands full with drag queens, a mayoral candidate, a snake or two, and some strange digging at the base of a statue, all as part of her normal everyday life as a private investigator.   Her partner, Duncan Reynolds, uses his mad computer skills to assist her in any way he can.  Office mascot/rug, Margaret, a bulldog, also shows what a great protector she can be.

Delanie Fitzgerald is a strong woman, not afraid to go undercover to solve her case but this time she comes up against something that even has her backing up quickly. She is the one that handles all the legwork for Falcon Investigations but this time danger lurks right in the office, except she is the only one that realizes something is up, literally.

Full of action and humor, Heather Weidner delivers another enjoyable story. The cases Falcon Investigations takes on are very realistic. Missing items, background information on persons of interests, a little digging into some mysterious digging and questioning the death of a nearby shop owner.

The pace is quick as Delaney goes from one case to another with Duncan available by phone to help her out. She does have some crazy clients but they are all realistically depicted. I loved the time she spent with the drag queens and how welcoming most of them were to her. One even gave her a couple of mini makeovers.

Ms. Weidner has created some truly great characters and fleshed them out nicely enabling the reader to easily “see” them for who they are. She also describes the situations in a way to bring the reader right on the scene. Weidner knows where to add the funny moments in all the right places too.

I was entertained trailing along with Delanie on all her mini-adventures and am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Read my review of Secret Lives and Private Eyes here and  The Tulip Shirt Murders here.

About Heather Weidner

Glitter, Glam, and Contraband is Heather Weidner’s third novel in the Delanie Fitzgerald series. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, and Deadly Southern Charm. Her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.

Heather earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan University and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond. Through the years, she has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #2 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

My escapes this week are taking me to Virginia, New York, and Maine!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Glitter, Glam, and Contraband (The Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries)
by Heather Weidner
Release Date – November 19, 2019
Setting – Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Theater Nights Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein
Release Date – December 31, 201
Setting – New Jersey
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Silenced in Sequins (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – January 7, 2020
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


Come Homicide or High Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River)
by Denise Swanson
Release Date – December 31, 2019
Setting – Illinois
My Review will post later this week. 

Scheduled Escapes


Bound for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert
Release Date – January 7, 2020
Setting – Virginia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Murder Ink (Victoria Square Mystery)
by Lorraine Bartlett
Release Date – December 31, 2019
Setting – New York
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Hems & Homicide (Apron Shop Series)
by Elizabeth Penney
Release Date – December 31, 2019
Setting – Maine
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

January 6 – 12, 2020


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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Family Christmas – Blogoversary – Weekly Rewind – Mail Call

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

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You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Last week was a big week around here even though there were no tours. Great Escapes Book Tours took its holiday break so we could all concentrate on our families and rejuvenate a bit. Of course, we still had to post on our blogs and for me, that meant my BLOGOVERSARY! I did a little blog maintenance too and added all my 2019 Reads to the State Pages listed under the Literary Escapes Tab. I also completed all of my Reading Challenges for 2019.

Family Christmas

PAPALast Sunday we gathered at Daughter #1’s home to celebrate our family Christmas. As we were loading the van it was clear Santa, Nana, and Papa went a little overboard. When everyone arrived and the presents were unloaded by all, it looked like Santa’s Sleigh had exploded. But everyone had fun and was very happy with their gifts. I mean, this only happens once a year, right, so we tend to spoil those we love.  The kids also spoiled us. Mr. Dollycas received a treasure, a Packer Helmet signed by Jerry Kramer, Amand Green, Gilbert Brown, and Santana Dotson along with a picture with the retired players holding our youngest grandchildren. To say he was floored is an understatement.  I received some wonderful presents too.

 

BLOGOVERSARY 

BLOGOVERSARY On December 31 I celebrated my 11th Blogoversary.  The giveaways actually started the day before. I was thrilled to have Kensington Books join me again in the celebration. They provided books for three days of giveaways. I cleared a couple of shelves of books here too for the other 3 days of giveaways. You can still enter! The giveaways each ran a week and will be ending soon so don’t miss out. Just click the links below in the Weekly Rewind. 

WEEKLY REWIND
Weekly Rewind – December 30, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #1 2020

Plus – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party – Blogoversary #Giveaway – Day 1 – Alyssa Maxwell – @KensingtonBooks

Tuesday – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 2 – 11 Years – 11 Hardcovers #Giveaway

Wednesday – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party – Blogoversary #Giveaway – Day 3 – – – – 11 Years – 11 Books @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Sell Low, Sweet Harriet (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery) by Sherry Harris #Review / #Giveaway

Plus – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 4 – Historical Mysteries #Giveaway

Friday – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 5 – 11 YEARS —11 BOOKS + JOURNAL #GIVEAWAY @KensingtonBooks

Saturday – 2019 Reading Challenge Wrap Up

Plus – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 6 – 11 YEARS —11 BOOKS X 2 PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY

MAIL CALL

BECOMING
I received this book as a gift.
BRAINY QUOTE

Slow down, enjoy the journey.

Have a great week! 

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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 6 – 11 YEARS —11 BOOKS X 2 PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY

Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party –
Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 6 –
11 YEARS —11 BOOKS X 2 PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY
1 WINNER

Today we wrap up the Blogoversary Giveaways with
A Big Box of Books! 

22 Paperbacks!!
I am clearing a shelf!

Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
by Barbara Ross

It’s June in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer. Preparations must be put on hold, however, when a mysterious yacht drops anchor in the harbor—and delivers an unexpected dose of murder . . .

When Julia’s old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiancé’s decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two—and the yachtsman dead in his chair. Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia’s quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed . . .

Steamed Open (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
by Barbara Ross

It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake’s supply. Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick’s decision. But which one of them was angry enough to kill?

Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive—except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party—or see this season’s clam harvest dry up for good.

A Wrench in the Works (A Fixer-Upper Mystery)
by Kate Carlisle

Lights! Camera! Homicide! Contractor Shannon Hammer has to dig through murder suspects in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Eaves of Destruction and Once Upon a Spine.

Shannon Hammer’s younger sister, Chloe, left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. And she did it! Chloe is the cohost of a popular home repair show on the Home Builders Network. Now, after ten years, she has returned to their quaint coastal hometown to film several shows featuring her sister, Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design.

But Shannon quickly realizes that things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Bree, the executive producer of the show, has a knack for stirring up sticky situations, and when she’s found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion. Shannon, her thriller writer boyfriend, Mac, and their crime-solving friends soon unearth the real reason Chloe left home. Is that ten-year-old secret connected to Bree’s death? And can Shannon track down the real killer before her beloved sister becomes the next victim?

Marigolds for Malice (An Enchanted Garden Mystery)
by Bailey Cattrell

In the third captivating Enchanted Garden Mystery from Bailey Cattrell, Elliana Allbright will need to dig up clues from the past to weed out a killer…

Elliana Allbright is happy running her perfume shop, Scents & Nonsense, in the charming town of Poppyville, California. And she’s even happier when she can use her inherited abilities to infuse her perfumes with an extra special something that eases woes or solves problems for her customers. But she’ll need those abilities and more when murder comes to town.

Ellie and her women’s business group, the Greenstockings, are helping to open a new museum about local history, and while sorting through the collection of artifacts they discover a time capsule from the days of the Gold Rush. Among the contents is a strange botanical manuscript, recognized by local history professor Eureka Sanford as extremely rare and valuable. When the professor is found dead in the museum, Ellie has no choice but to sniff out the murderer… but this one may have roots that are as old as Poppyville.

Death in the Stacks (A Library Lover’s Mystery)
by Jenn McKinlay

In the latest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Better Late Than Never, the library’s big fund-raiser leaves director Lindsey Norris booked for trouble….

Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream—it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable.

Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library’s newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.

The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive—but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive’s dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she’s not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula’s future….

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle

Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop’s ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

A big bestseller leads to small town trouble. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn’t believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful…

After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it–literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.

Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
by Alexis Morgan

When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative’s property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached—one of which is tied to a dead body!

After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard!

Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil’s name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can’t help but wonder—can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer’s deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service (A Royal Spyness Mystery)
by Rhys Bowen

Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, her beau, and her mother in this mystery in the Royal Spyness series.

When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that’s as far as Georgie’s fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party—and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda’s delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy’s (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong—and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does.

Yule Be Dead (Victoria Square Mystery)
by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson

A Christmas crime shocks the merchants of a quaint shopping district in this latest installment of The New York Times bestselling Victoria Square series.

It’s Christmastime, but not everyone is jolly–especially not Vonne Barnett. Her dead body has been found in Victoria Square. Katie Bonner, the manager of Artisan’s Alley, happens to be at the tea shop Vonne’s mother, Francine, owns when the news is delivered.

Vonne left a trail of men behind her so the suspects are many–but the clues are few. A broken teacup leads Katie to one of the suspects, but before she can investigate, she’s attacked. Katie may be closing in on a murderer, but time is ticking because the murderer is definitely closing in on her.

A Just Clause (A Booktown Mystery)
by Lorna Barrett

Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.

But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller?

From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first—and highly anticipated—wine and jazz festival.

Walking on My Grave (A Death on Demand Mysteries)
by Carolyn Hart

In the latest Death on Demand Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Go Home, book seller Annie Darling learns murder and money go hand in hand…

Annie’s friend and fellow shop owner Ves Roundtree is a very wealthy woman. Her rich brother entrusted her with his estate, and upon her death, his fortune is to be divided. Several cash-strapped islanders are in line to collect life-changing inheritances. The problem is, Ves is very much alive.

Ves hosts a dinner for the prospective beneficiaries and feels a chill in the air that has nothing to do with the wintry season. Not long after, she suffers a bad fall that was no accident. Everyone at the table had a motive but not a shred of evidence was left behind.

When one of the suspects is found floating in the harbor and Ves disappears, Annie and her husband Max spring into action to catch a calculating killer before greed takes another life.

Just Plain Murder (An Amish Mystery)
by Laura Bradford

Claire Weatherly and her beau, police detective Jakob Fisher, learn that when it comes to murder, evil can hide in plain sight in this all-new addition to the national bestselling Amish Mysteries.

Jakob and Claire have been enjoying more time together in lovely Heavenly, PA. With Claire’s help, the detective is making slow progress reconnecting with the members of his Amish family who shunned him when he left to pursue a career in law enforcement. Jakob’s mentor, Russ Granger, the long-retired police chief who inspired him to become a cop, is back in town. Claire has always wanted to meet the man who changed the course of Jakob’s life. But not long after he arrives in Heavenly, Russ is murdered.

Jakob can only imagine that his old friend must have been killed by someone outside of the Amish community. He and Claire soon find that things are not as they seem–and that Russ may have stumbled into something sinister before he was killed. The answers they uncover are closer to home and more shocking than they ever expected.

A Killer Carol (An Amish Mystery)
by Laura Bradford

Heavenly, PA has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland, and Claire is delighted to celebrate the season…but a fiendish killer has other plans in this all-new installment in the national bestselling series.

As the owner of Heavenly Treasures, the local gift shop, Claire is busier than ever helping her English customers (and even a few of her Amish friends, like Esther and Ben) find the perfect gift for the special people on their shopping list.

Claire makes sure she has time for her boyfriend, Detective Jakob Fisher. But the man, who was raised and then shunned by the Amish over his choice of career, has been unusually secretive lately. She tries not to worry, to trust their relationship, but trying and doing aren’t exactly matching up.

Before she can figure out what’s going on with Jakob, word comes that Ruth and Samuel Yoder are being questioned in the death of an elderly Amish couple, found murdered not long after the newlyweds were seen leaving the victims’ farm. Ruth, in turn, seeks Claire’s help in convincing the police that she and Samuel had nothing to do with what happened. But when Claire comes across a cryptic note tucked inside the wedding gift the victims had given the newlyweds no more than an hour before their murder, she finds herself in dire need of a little convincing as well.

Can Claire get to the bottom of things in time to ensure a merry Christmas for all?

Die Me a River (Welcome Back to Scumble River)
by Denise Swanson

The chips are down in Scumble River

School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd had hoped that her maternity leave would be at least a little relaxing, but when she and her husband, Wally, meet with the priest to discuss their newborn twins’ christening, an explosion at the nearby bowling alley rocks the rectory. And although the business was closed at the time of the blast, there’s a body inside.

As police chief, Wally is inevitably drawn into the investigation, which seems to indicate that foul play is afoot again in Scumble River, and Skye can’t help but do a bit of her own sleuthing. But the clues come fast and furious, ranging from an odd new stranger in town to animosity toward the gambling machines that had recently been installed at the bowling alley, and Skye finds herself wondering if this could be the puzzle that stumps her for good.

New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson has penned another hit for cozy fans with Die Me a River, the latest installment in her beloved Welcome Back to Scumble River mystery series.

Death in a Budapest Butterfly (A HUNGARIAN TEA HOUSE MYSTERY)
by Julia Buckley

Hana Keller serves up European-style cakes and teas in her family-owned tea house, but when a customer keels over from a poisoned cuppa, Hana and her tea-leaf reading grandmother will have to help catch a killer in the first Hungarian Tea House Mystery from Julia Buckley.

Hana Keller and her family run Maggie’s Tea House, an establishment heavily influenced by the family’s Hungarian heritage and specializing in a European-style traditional tea service. But one of the shop’s largest draws is Hana’s eccentric grandmother, Juliana, renowned for her ability to read the future in the leaves at the bottom of customers’ cups. Lately, however, her readings have become alarmingly ominous and seemingly related to old Hungarian legends…

When a guest is poisoned at a tea event, Juliana’s dire predictions appear to have come true. Things are brought to a boil when Hana’s beloved Anna Weatherley butterfly teacup becomes the center of the murder investigation as it carried the poisoned tea. The cup is claimed as evidence by a handsome police detective, and the pretty Tea House is suddenly endangered. Hana and her family must catch the killer to save their business and bring the beautiful Budapest Butterfly back home where it belongs.

Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran

The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in this festive mystery in the New York Times bestselling Scrapbooking series.

The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend, Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restaurateur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela’s, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)
by Vicki Delany

Residents of Rudolph keep the spirit of Christmas alive year-round—but their joy is threatened when a group of grinches visits the town, in the charming fourth installment of the Year-Round Christmas series.

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is preparing for a weekend reunion of her mother’s college friends. But when the group of women comes into Merry’s shop, Merry is met with frosty attitudes and cold hearts.

The women argue amongst themselves constantly, and the bickering only intensifies after one of the friends is poisoned. With her father’s role as Santa in danger due to his proximity to the crime, Merry will need to use all of her investigative gifts to wrap this mystery up and save Santa and her favorite holiday.

Last Pen Standing (Stationery Shop Mystery)
by Vivian Conroy

Will this paper trail run cold?

As the new co-owner of Tundish Montana’s stationery shop WANTED, Delta Douglas knows how to organize a killer crafting event. Creativity and cardstock are all she needs to move one step closer to her ultimate dream: developing her own line of crafting products. But on the night of the workshop, at the swanky hotel venue, glitter isn’t the only thing found sprawled on the floor. A hotel guest is discovered dead in the bar, and amid the confusion, Delta’s best friend is suspected of the crime.

Enlisting the help of her Paper Posse and Spud, her canine sidekick, Delta dives into the investigation. But with many high-powered suspects on the line, Delta soon realizes her sleuthing may come with deadly consequences.

Dying for Devil’s Food (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)
by Jenn McKinlay

As the New York Times bestselling series continues, it’s going to take every recipe the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew has to whip up a quick defense for Mel Cooper when her high school reunion goes from a cake walk to a car wreck…

Melanie Cooper has zero interest in catering her fifteen-year high school reunion, but Angie insists it’s only right that they bask in the success of Fairy Tale Cupcakes–and Mel’s engagement to the delicious Joe DeLaura is the cherry on top!

Everything is going better than expected until Cassidy Havers, resident mean girl and Mel’s high school nemesis, picks a fight. No longer willing to put up with Cassidy’s bullying, Mel is ready to tell the former homecoming queen to shut her piehole and call it a night. But as Mel and Joe prepare to depart, Cassidy is found dead in the girl’s bathroom, next to a note written in lipstick that points right to Mel–making her the prime suspect.

Now, Mel must follow the clues to find the real killer and keep her reputation from being frosted for a crime she didn’t commit.

Tide and Punishment (Seaside Café Mysteries)
by Bree Baker

No one dreams of a killer Christmas…

It’s Christmastime in Charm, North Carolina, and while Everly Swan would prefer to focus on decorating her iced tea shop for its first holiday season, Great-Aunt Fran has decided to run for mayor against her long-time nemesis. But when the other candidate turns up dead just before the first scheduled debate, all eyes turn to Fran as the suspect with the most obvious motive.

Everly knows her sweet, elderly Aunt Fran couldn’t have murdered anyone, but as she struggles to find the real killer, it begins to seem like this may be the last merry Christmas her family may ever have.

Bewitched and Betrothed (Witchcraft Mystery)
by Juliet Blackwell

A supernatural force on the loose in San Francisco and a family reunion keeps witch and vintage storeowner Lily Ivory on her toes as she prepares to walk down the aisle…

When Lily Ivory stumbles on the uniform of a former prisoner from Alcatraz and SFPD inspector Carlos Romero’s cousin is kidnapped, Lily suspects something dangerous has been unleashed on the ghost-ridden island of Alcatraz. She’ll have to sleuth out the culprit—when she’s not busy entertaining her visiting relatives and resolving romantic conflicts as her wedding date approaches. Could recent omens be pointing to the magical threat in her adopted city? If so, she’ll have to line up her allies to change the fate of the Bay Area. Because no matter what, Lily’s determined to celebrate her marriage with her friends by her side—even if it means battling a demonic foe before she can make it to the altar.

The Dog Who Knew Too Much (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
by Krista Davis

When a famous pooch comes to Wagtail for some downtime, inn owner Holly Miller learns that murder never rests in this all-new Paws & Claws mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.

America’s favorite dog comes to pet-friendly Wagtail for some rest and relaxation, but Holly quickly discovers that this perfect pup is a total scamp who takes every opportunity to run off and misbehave. During an outdoor treasure-hunting game, the star dog and Trixie, Holly’s beloved Jack Russell terrier, stumble across a dead body.

Holly has more than murder to worry about, though, when a man shows up after reading an article featuring Trixie in a magazine and claims that he is the dog’s rightful owner. Holly will need to prove that she is her pup’s only parent and catch a killer to restore peace to her pet-loving happy place.

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2019 Reading Challenge Wrap Up


I had signed up for 16 Challenges!
and I surprisingly completed them all, some by the skin of my teeth!

How did you do on your reading challenges?
Please share in the comments.

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
LORI has
completed her goal of reading
205 books in
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A. Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney
B. Botched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
C. Chardonnayed to Rest by J.C. Eaton
D. Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan
E. The Egyptian Antiquities Murder by Sara Rosett 
F. Fatal Features by LynDee Walker
G. The Gun Also Rises by Sherry Harris
H. Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter
I. In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick 
J. Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Murder by Jodi Rath
K. The Killing at Kaldaire House by Kate Parker
L. The Lost Traveller by Sheila Connolly 
M. Murder Likes It Hot by Tracy Weber
N. Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn
O. One Feta in the Grave by Tina Kashian
P. Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
Q. Queen of the Trailer Park by Alice Quinn
R. Reisling to Die by J.C. Eaton
S. Sweet Masterpiece by Connie Shelton
T. Trouble on the Books by Essie Lane
U. Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
V. A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela
W. The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace
X. The House on Xenia by Rita Moreau
Y. Yule Be Dead by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson
Z. Seven Deadly Zins by Nancy J. Parra

Challenge Complete 8/23/2019

 


A. Ace, Cathy – The Wrong Boy
B. Bartlett, Lorraine & Gayle Leeson – Yule Be Dead
C. Connolly, Sheila – The Lost Traveller
D. Swanson, Denise – Leave No Scone Unturned
E. Eaton, J.C. – Botched 4 Murder
F. Fox, Sarah – Wine and Punishment
G. Gilbert, Victoria – Past Due for Murder
H. Harris, Sherry – The Gun Also Rises
I. Iris Crawford – A Catered Murder
J. James J. Cudney – Academic Curveball
K. Kendrick, Beth – In Dog We Trust
L. LynDee Walker – Fatal Features
M. Morgan, Alexis – Death by Committee
N. Noble, Shelley – Lighthouse Beach
O. Oust, Gail – Whack N Roll
P. Parra, Nancy J. – Seven Deadly Zins
Q. Quinn, Holly – A Crafter Hooks A Killer
R. Rosset, Sara – Murder at Blackburn Hall
S. Sennefelder, Debra – Murder Wears A Little Black Dress
T.  Tina Kashian – One Feta in the Grave
U. Unger, Lisa – Under My Skin
V. V. M. Burns – The Novel Art of Murder 
W. Weber, Tracy – Murder Likes It Hot
X. Xavier, Stacy – On Her Own Two Wheels
Y. Young, Kate – Southern Sass and Killer Cravings
Z. Zanna MacKenzie – Keeping Secrets

Challenge Complete – 12/3/2019

Level B) Read two books from each sub-genre (below) in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

Read two books from these sub-genres:

– One from culinary (anything dealing with food: restaurants, baked goods, etc.) – Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia BaxterRestaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein
– One from animal-related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.) In The Dog House by V.M. BurnsThe Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V.M. Burns
– One from craft related (any kind of hobbies – knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.) – Thread on Arrival by Lea WaitKnit One, Die Two by Peggy Ehrhart
– One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.) A Witch to Remember by Heather Blake Keeping Secrets by Zanna MacKenzie
– One from cozy mysteries based outside the US (example: Belinda Lawrence series (British)) – The Lost Traveller by Sheila Connolly – The Killing at Kaldaire House by Kate Parker
– One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.) –An Au Pair to Remember by Stephen KaminskiStaging in Murder by Grace Topping
– One holiday based (set during any holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.) Yule Be Dead by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle LeesonNot A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn
– One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.) – Murder in the Reading Room by Ellery AdamsAnd Then They Were Doomed by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
– One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present) – Murder at Blackburn Hall by Sara RosettThe Egyptian Antiquities Murder by Sara Rosett 
– One is your choice! (freebie!) –Bite Club by Laurien BerensonCharity’s Burden by Edith Maxwell

Challenge Complete 12/3/2019 


Overindulged – 151 – 200 Cozy Mysteries
1. Murder Likes It Hot by Tracy Weber
2. The Lost Traveller by Sheila Connolly 
3. Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney
4. Yule Be Dead by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson
5. Botched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
6. Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox
7. Seven Deadly Zins by Nancy J. Parra
8. In The Dog House by V.M. Burns
9. Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn
10. The Gun Also Rises by Sherry Harris
11. Murder Wears A Little Black Dress by Debra Sennefelder
12. Sweet Masterpiece by Connie Shelton
13. The Novel Art of Murder by V.M. Burns
14. No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker
15. Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan
16. A Stew to a Kill by Jenny Kales
17. Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
18. The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V.M. Burns
19. The Killing at Kaldaire House by Kate Parker
20. Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter
21. Murder and Metaphors by Amanda Flower
22. Murder at Blackburn Hall by Sara Rosett
23. Reisling to Die by J.C. Eaton
24. Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney
25. Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein 
26. Chardonnayed to Rest by J.C. Eaton
27. One Feta in the Grave by Tina Kashian
28. Pie Hard by Kirsten Weiss
29. Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates
30. Cat Got Your Crown by Julie Chase
31. Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz
32. An Au Pair to Remember by Stephen Kaminski
33. Murder on the Wind by Cheryl F. Taylor
34. Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower
35. Leave No Scone Unturned by Denise Swanson
36. Pinot Red or Dead by J.C. Eaton
37. Trouble on the Books by Essie Lane
38. A Literal Mess by J.C. Kenney
39. Deadly Deception by Kate Parker
40. The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder
41. The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton
42. A Witch to Remember by Heather Blake
43. Murder in Tranquility Park by J. D. Griffo
44. Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budwitz
45. Sifting Through Clues by Daryl Wood Gerber
46. The Egyptian Antiquities Murder by Sara Rosett 
47. Lucky Stiff by Annelise Ryan
48. The Diva Sweetens the Pie by Krista Davis
49. Magickal Mystery Lore by Sharon Pape
50.Thread on Arrival by Lea Wait 
51. Deadly Southern Charm by  Sisters in Crime-Central Virginia 
52. Wed, Read, & Dead by V.M. Burns
53.Flower Power Trip by James J, Cudney
54. The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan
55. Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart
56. A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette 
57. Fair Game by Annette Dashofy
58. Pineapple Upside Down Murder by Jodi Rath
59. Staging in Murder by Grace Topping 
60.  Knit One, Die Two by Peggy Ehrhart
61. Dying for Devil’s Food by Jenn McKinlay 
62. The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis
63. Murder in the Reading Room by Ellery Adams
64. Drowning Lessons by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds
65. Killing Thyme by Leslie Budewitz
66. Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young
67. Seeing Red by Dana Dratch
68. Dead Spider by Victoria Houston
69. Something Borrowed, Something Mewed by Bethany Blake
70. Chai Another Day by Leslie Budewitz
71. Sconed to Death by Lynn Cahoon
72. Dead Big Dawg by Victoria Houston
73. A Crafter Hooks A Killer by Holly Quinn
74. Game of Scones by Mary Lee Ashford
75. Clause & Effect by Kaitlyn Dunnett
76. Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches by Karen Rose Smith
77. Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau
78. Died in the Wool by Melinda Mullet
79. Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Murder by Jodi Rath
80. Death by Dissertation by Kelly Brakenhoff
81. Bite Club by Laurien Berenson
82. Mistaken Identity Crisis by James J. Cudney
83. Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day
84. Penne Dreadful by Catherine Burns
85. Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard
86. Murder’s No Votive Confidence by Christin Brecher
87. Left Fur Dead by JM Griffin
88. Guilty as Charred by Devon Delany
89. Gore in the Garden by Colleen Shogan
90. A Genuine Fix by J.C. Kenney
91. The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
92. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower
93. Murder at Crossways by Alyssa Maxwell
94. Let’s Fake A Deal by Sherry Harris
95. Risky Biscuits by Mary Lee Ashford
96. Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley
97. The Time for Murder is Meow by T.C. LoTempio
98. The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna
99. Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan
100. A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett
101. Snoop to Nuts by Elizabeth Lee
102. Charity’s Burden by Edith Maxwell
103. And Then They Were Doomed by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
104. One Potato, Two Potato Dead by Lynn Cahoon
105. A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela
106. Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton
107. Apples and Alibis by Gayle Leeson
108. Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
109. Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delany
110. Fiddling with Fate by Kathleen Ernst
111. Bark If It’s Murder by V.M. Burns
112. The Final Arrangement by Annie Adams
113. A Curio Killing by Mary Ellen Hughes
114. The House on Hallowed Ground by Nancy Cole Silverman
115. Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook
116. Two to Mango by Jill Marie Landis
117. Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy
118. Judge Thee Not by Edith Maxwell
119. A Night’s Tail by Sofie Kelly
120. Here Comes Santa Paws by Laurien Berenson
122. Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker
123. Death by Jack o’ Lantern by Alexis Morgan 
124. Have Yourself A Beary Little Murder by Meg Macy
125. Marry Christmas Murder by Stephanie Blackmoore
126. Two Bites Too Many by Debra Goldstein
127. A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford
128. Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan
129. Mumbo Gumbo Murder by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran
130. Read and Buried by Eva Gates

131. Molded 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
132. Telephone Line by Julie Mulhern
133. The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking by Leigh Perry
134. Fudge Bites by Nancy Coco
135. Can’t Judge A Book by Its Murder by Amy Lillard
136. Silent Knit, Deadly Knit by Peggy Ehrhart
137. Haunted House Ghost by James J. Cudney
138. A Catered Murder by Isis Crawford 
139. Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey
140. Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder 
141. Murder at First Pitch by Nicole Asselin
142. Shot Through the Hearth by Kate Carlisle 
143. The Chocolate Shark Shanannagins by Joanne Fluke
144. Whack N Roll by Gail Oust
145. Turkey Basted to Death by Jodi Rath 
146. A Murderous Tangle by Sally Goldenbaum
147. Ghosts of Painting Past by Sybil Johnson
148. Nuts and Buried by Elizabeth Lee 
149. The Wipeout Affair by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds
150. Potions are for Pushovers by Tamara Berry 
151.Keeping Secrets by Zanna MacKenzie
152. Brewed Awakening by Cleo Coyle
153. A Fatal Fondness by Richard Audry
153. A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander
154. Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns
155. Sauvigone for Good by J.C. Eaton
156. Murder Casts The Ballot by Linda Crowder
157. An Ale of Two Cities by Sarah Fox
158. The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Krista Davis
159. Turbo Twenty Three by Janet Evanovich
160. Wedding Cake Murder by JoAnne Fluke 
161.Christmas Caramel Murder by JoAnne Fluke
162. Sell Low, Sweet Harriet by Sherry Harris – Reviewed in 2020

Challenge Complete 12/31/2019


Alabama – Two Bites Too Many by Debra Goldstein
Alaska – Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau
Arizona –  Botched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
Arkansas – Malice in Maggody by Joan Hess
California – Seven Deadly Zins by Nancy J. Parra
Colorado – Sconed to Death by Lynn Cahoon
Connecticut – The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder
Delaware – In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick
District of Columbia – The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis
Florida – A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette 
Georgia – The Good Detective by John McMahon
Hawaii – Two to Mango by Jill Marie Landis
Idaho – One Potato, Two Potato Dead by Lynn Cahoon
Illinois – Leave No Scone Unturned by Denise Swanson
Indiana – In The Dog House by V.M. Burns
Iowa – Game of Scones by Mary Lee Ashford
Kansas – You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman
Kentucky – Layover by David Bell
Louisiana – Fields’ Guide to VooDoo by Julie Mulhern
Maine – Thread on Arrival by Lea Wait 
Maryland – A Curio Killing by Mary Ellen Hughes
Massachusetts – The Gun Also Rises by Sherry Harris
Michigan –  The Novel Art of Murder by V.M. Burns
Minnesota – A Night’s Tail by Sofie Kelly
Mississippi – The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
Missouri – Telephone Line by Julie Mulhern
Montana – Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy
Nebraska – Death by Dissertation by Kelly Brakenhoff
Nevada – A Woman of Two Minds by Bourne Morris
New Hampshire – Left Fur Dead by JM Griffin
New Jersey – Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein 
New Mexico – Sweet Masterpiece by Connie Shelton
New York – Yule Be Dead by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson
North Carolina – No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker
North Dakota – Dakota Dream by Lauraine Snelling
Ohio – The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan
Oklahoma – 16 Redbud Lane by Kat Lewis, Vickie McDonough, Shannon Pearson, T.J. Radle, Alanna Rodriguez, Kathryn Spurgeon, and Darlene Franklin
Oregon – Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
Pennsylvania – Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney
Rhode Island – Murder at Crossways by Alyssa Maxwell
South Carolina – Caught Up In It by David Burnsworth
South Dakota – A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela
Tennessee – The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V.M. Burns
Texas – Snoop to Nuts by Elizabeth Lee
Utah – The Final Arrangement by Annie Adams
Vermont – Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox
Virginia –  Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
Washington –  Murder Likes It Hot by Tracy Weber
West Virginia – Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn
Wisconsin – A Stew to a Kill by Jenny Kales
Wyoming – Murder Casts The Ballot by Linda Crowder

Challenge Complete – December 13, 2019

 Escapes Abroad
1. Ireland – The Lost Traveller by Sheila Connolly 
2. Wales – The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace
3. England – The Killing at Kaldaire House by Kate Parker
4. Scotland – The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton
5. Islands off Panama – Drowning Lessons by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds
6. France – Queen of the Trailer Park by Alice Quinn
7. Singapore – Singapore Sapphire by A.M. Stuart
8. Norway – Fiddling with Fate by Kathleen Ernst

Kneading level. – Read 11-20 cat mysteries
1. Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox
2.  Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
3. Murder and Metaphors by Amanda Flower
4. Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein 
5. One Feta in the Grave by Tina Kashian
6. Pie Hard by Kirsten Weiss
7. Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates
8. Cat Got Your Crown by Julie Chase
9. Trouble on the Books by Essie Lane
10. A Literal Mess by J.C. Kenney
11. Sifting Through Clues by Daryl Wood Gerber
12. Magickal Mystery Lore by Sharon Pape
13. Thread on Arrival by Lea Wait 
14. Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart
15. A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette 
16. Pineapple Upside Down Murder by Jodi Rath
17. Staging in Murder by Grace Topping 
18. Knit One, Die Two by Peggy Ehrhart
19. Something Borrowed, Something Mewed by Bethany Blake
20. Murder’s No Votive Confidence by Christin Brecher

Challenge Complete July 11, 2019
21. The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
22. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower
23. Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley
24. The Time for Murder is Meow by T.C. LoTempio
25. Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton
26. Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook
27. A Night’s Tail by Sofie Kelly
28.Two Bites Too Many by Debra Goldstein
29. Read and Buried by Eva Gates
30. Potions are for Pushovers by Tamara Berry 


1. Yule Be Dead by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson
2. In The Dog House by V.M. Burns
3. Sweet Masterpiece by Connie Shelton
4. The Killing at Kaldaire House by Kate Parker
5. Reisling to Die For by J.C. Eaton
6. Chardonnayed to Rest by J.C. Eaton
7. Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz
8. Dakota Dream by Lauraine Snelling
9. Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budwitz
10. Lucky Stiff by Annelise Ryan
11. Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart
12. Pineapple Upside Down Murder by Jodi Rath
13. The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis
14. Killing Thyme by Leslie Budewitz
15. Dead Spider by Victoria Houston
16. Game of Scones by Mary Lee Ashford
17. Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau
18. Queen of the Trailer Park by Alice Quinn
19. On Her Own Two Wheels –Xavier, Stacy
20. Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
21. Snoop to Nuts by Elizabeth Lee
22. A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela
23. Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
24.  The Final Arrangement by Annie Adams
25. Two to Mango by Jill Marie Landis
26, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
27. Malice in Maggody by Joan Hess
28. A Catered Murder by Isis Crawford 
29. Whack N Roll by Gail Oust
30. Nuts and Buried by Elizabeth Lee
31. Keeping Secrets by Zanna MacKenzie
32.A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander
33. Murder Casts The Ballot by Linda Crowder
34. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
35. Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman
36. Turbo Twenty Three by Janet Evanovich

Challenge Complete 12/23/2019
37. Naughty But Nice by Donna Kauffman
38. Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark
39. Wedding Cake Murder by JoAnne Fluke
40. Christmas Caramel Murder by JoAnne Fluke

B-Level (5-8 Series).
1.Reisling to Die For by J.C. EatonChardonnayed to Rest by J.C. EatonPinot Red or Dead by J.C. Eaton – Complete 3/27/2019
2. Assault and Pepper by Leslie BudewitzGuilty as Cinnamon by Leslie BudwitzKilling Thyme by Leslie BudewitzChai Another Day by Leslie Budewitz – Complete 6/5/2019
3. Dead Spider by Victoria Houston – Dead Big Dawg by Victoria Houston – Complete June 5, 2019
4. Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart – Knit One, Die Two by Peggy EhrhartSilent Knit, Deadly Knit by Peggy Ehrhart – Complete 10/30/2019
5. Snoop to Nuts by Elizabeth LeeNuts and Buried by Elizabeth Lee – Complete November 22, 2019
6. Charity’s Burden by Edith MaxwellJudge Thee Not by Edith Maxwell – Complete September 19, 2019
7. Unleashed by Donna KauffmanLock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna KauffmanNaughty But Nice by Donna KauffmanComplete 12/24/2019


1. In The Dog House by V.M. Burns
2. Reisling to Die For by J.C. Eaton
3. Chardonnayed to Rest by J.C. Eaton
4. Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart
5. Game of Scones by Mary Lee Ashford
6. Unleashed by Donna Kauffman
7. Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman
8. Naughty But Nice by Donna Kauffman
9. Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark
10. Wedding Cake Murder by JoAnne Fluke

Challenge Complete 12/28/2019

41+ – Collector’s Edition Level,
1. In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick
2. Yule Be Dead by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson
3. Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan
4. Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz
5. Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble
6. Leave No Scone Unturned by Denise Swanson
7. Dakota Dream by Lauraine Snelling
8. An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber 
9. The Don Con by Richard Armstrong
10. Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budwitz
11. Lucky Stiff by Annelise Ryan
12. The Diva Sweetens the Pie by Krista Davis
13. The Good Detective by John McMahon
14. Dying for Devil’s Food by Jenn McKinlay 
15. The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis
16. Killing Thyme by Leslie Budewitz
17. Dead Spider by Victoria Houston
18. Sconed to Death by Lynn Cahoon
19. Dead Big Dawg by Victoria Houston
20. Life After Suicide by Dr. Jennifer Ashton
21. Clause & Effect by Kaitlyn Dunnett
22. Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau
23. Bite Club by Laurien Berenson 
24. Penne Dreadful by Catherine Burns
25.The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
26. Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley
27. Thin Ice by Paige Shelton
28. A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett
29. Snoop to Nuts by Elizabeth Lee
30. Singapore Sapphire by A.M. Stuart
31. Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
32. Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delany
33. The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis
34. Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy
35. A Night’s Tail by Sofie Kelly
36. Here Comes Santa Paws by Laurien Berenson
37. Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker
38. Have Yourself A Beary Little Murder by Meg Macy
39. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi w. Durrow
40. A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford
41.Can’t Judge A Book by Its Murder by Amy Lillard

Challenge Complete 10/29/2019

Phase 5- 40+ books
1. Murder Likes It Hot by Tracy Weber
2. The Lost Traveller by Sheila Connolly 
3. Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney
4. The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace
5. Botched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
6. Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox
7. Seven Deadly Zins by Nancy J. Parra
8. In The Dog House by V.M. Burns
9. Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn
10. The Gun Also Rises by Sherry Harris
11. Murder Wears A Little Black Dress by Debra Sennefelder
12. Sweet Masterpiece by Connie Shelton
13. The Novel Art of Murder by V.M. Burns
14. No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker
15. A Stew to a Kill by Jenny Kales
16. Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
17. The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V.M. Burns
18. Fatal Features by LynDee Walker
19. The Killing at Kaldaire House by Kate Parker
20. Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter
21. Murder and Metaphors by Amanda Flower
22. Murder at Blackburn Hall by Sara Rosett
23. Reisling to Die For by J.C. Eaton
24.Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney
25. Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein 
26. Chardonnayed to Rest by J.C. Eaton
27. One Feta in the Grave by Tina Kashian
28. Pie Hard by Kirsten Weiss
29. As Directed by Kathleen Valenti
30. Run Away by Harlan Coben
31. Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates
32. Cat Got Your Crown by Julie Chase
33. An Au Pair to Remember by Stephen Kaminski
34. Murder on the Wind by Cheryl F. Taylor
35.Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower
36. Pinot Red or Dead by J.C. Eaton
37. Trouble on the Books by Essie Lane
38. A Literal Mess by J.C. Kenney
39. Deadly Deception by Kate Parker
40. The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder
41. The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton

Challenge Complete 4/1/2019
42. A Witch to Remember by Heather Blake
43.Murder in Tranquility Park by J. D. Griffo
44. Night Beach by JoAnn DeMaio
45. Sifting Through Clues by Daryl Wood Gerber
46. The Egyptian Antiquities Murder by Sara Rosett 
47. Magickal Mystery Lore by Sharon Pape
48.Thread on Arrival by Lea Wait 
49. Deadly Southern Charm by  Sisters in Crime-Central Virginia 
50. Wed, Read, & Dead by V.M. Burns
51. Flower Power Trip by James J, Cudney
52. The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan
53. Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart
54. A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette 
55. Fair Game by Annette Dashofy
56. Pineapple Upside Down Murder by Jodi Rath
57. Staging in Murder by Grace Topping 
58. Knit One, Die Two by Peggy Ehrhart
59. Murder in the Reading Room by Ellery Adams
60. Drowning Lessons by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds
61. Killing Thyme by Leslie Budewitz
62. Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young
63. Seeing Red by Dana Dratch
64. A Daughter’s Truth by Laura Bradford 
65. Something Borrowed, Something Mewed by Bethany Blake
66. Chai Another Day by Leslie Budewitz
67. Those People by Louise Candlish
68. A Crafter Hooks A Killer by Holly Quinn
69. Game of Scones by Mary Lee Ashford
70. Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches by Karen Rose Smith
71. Little Beach Bungalow by JoAnne DeMaio
72.  Died in the Wool by Melinda Mullet
73. Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Murder by Jodi Rath
74. Death by Dissertation by Kelly Brakenhoff
75. Mistaken Identity Crisis by James J. Cudney
76. Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day
77. Layover by David Bell
78. Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard
79. Murder’s No Votive Confidence by Christin Brecher
80. On Her Own Two Wheels –Xavier, Stacy –  
81. Left Fur Dead by JM Griffin
82. Guilty as Charred by Devon Delany
83.Gore in the Garden by Colleen Shogan
84. A Genuine Fix by J.C. Kenney
85. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower
86.The House on Xenia by Rita Moreau
87. Murder at Crossways by Alyssa Maxwell
88. Let’s Fake A Deal by Sherry Harris
89. You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman
90. Queen of the Trailer Park by Alice Quinn
92. Risky Biscuits by Mary Lee Ashford
92. The Time for Murder is Meow by T.C. LoTempio
93. Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
94. The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna
95. Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan
96. Charity’s Burden by Edith Maxwell
97. And Then They Were Doomed by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
98. One Potato, Two Potato Dead by Lynn Cahoon
99.A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela
100. Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton
101. Apples and Alibis by Gayle Leeson
102. Fiddling with Fate by Kathleen Ernst
103. Bark If It’s Murder by V.M. Burns
104. The Final Arrangement by Annie Adams
105. A Curio Killing by Mary Ellen Hughes 
106 .The House on Hallowed Ground by Nancy Cole Silverman
107. Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook
108. Two to Mango by Jill Marie Landis
109. Judge Thee Not by Edith Maxwell
110. Death by Jack o’ Lantern by Alexis Morgan 
111. Marry Christmas Murder by Stephanie Blackmoore
112. Two Bites Too Many by Debra Goldstein
113. Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan
114. Mumbo Gumbo Murder by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran
115. 16 Redbud Lane by Kat Lewis, Vickie McDonough, Shannon Pearson, T.J. Radle, Alanna Rodriguez, Kathryn Spurgeon, and Darlene Franklin
116. Read and Buried by Eva Gates
117. Molded 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
118. Telephone Line by Julie Mulhern
119. Malice in Maggody by Joan Hess
120. The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking by Leigh Perry
121. Fudge Bites by Nancy Coco
122. Versions of Her by Andrea Lochen
123. Unleashed by Donna Kauffman
124. Silent Knit, Deadly Knit by Peggy Ehrhart
125. Haunted House Ghost by James J. Cudney
126. A Catered Murder by Isis Crawford 
127. Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey
128. Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder 
129. A Woman of Two Minds by Bourne Morris
130. Murder at First Pitch by Nicole Asselin
131. Turkey Basted to Death by Jodi Rath
132. A Murderous Tangle by Sally Goldenbaum
133. Ghosts of Painting Past by Sybil Johnson
134. The Wipeout Affair by Rachel Neuburger Reynold
135. Keeping Secrets by Zanna MacKenzie
136. A Fatal Fondness by Richard Audry
137. Secrets and Lies by P.H. Turner 
138. Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns
139. Sauvigone for Good by J.C. Eaton
140. Murder Casts The Ballot by Linda Crowder
141. An Ale of Two Cities by Sarah Fox
142. Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman
143. Naughty But Nice by Donna Kauffman
145. Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark
146.Wedding Cake Murder by JoAnne Fluke
147. Sell Low, Sweet Harriet by Sherry Harris

16-25 books – Detective Level
1. The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace
2. Fatal Features by LynDee Walker
3. Fields’ Guide to VooDoo by Julie Mulhern
4. As Directed by Kathleen Valenti
5. Run Away by Harlan Coben
6. An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber 
7. The Good Detective by John McMahon
8. Caught Up In It by David Burnsworth
9.  Those People by Louise Candlish
10. Layover by David Bell
11. The House on Xenia by Rita Moreau
12. Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
13. Thin Ice by Paige Shelton
14. Singapore Sapphire by A.M. Stuart
15. The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis
16.Malice in Maggody by Joan Hess
17. A Woman of Two Minds by Bourne Morris
18. Penny for Your Secrets by Anna Lee Huber 
19. Secrets and Lies by P.H. Turner 
20. Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark
21. Glitter, Glam and Contraband by Heather Weidner – Reviewed in 2020 
Completed 12/31/2019

Here are the categories:

Apple Tree – Read  48,000 pages
January – 4592 Pages
February – 4281 Pages
March – 4835 Pages
April – 4885 Pages
May – 5191Pages
June – 5032 Pages
July – 5066 Pages
August – 5499 Pages
September – 4267 Pages
October 5202 Pages
November – 4638 Pages
December – 4202 Pages

Grand Total – 57690 Pages

 

Wisconsin Authors or Settings
1. A Stew to a Kill by Jenny Kales Wisconsin Setting
2. Lucky Stiff by Annelise Ryan – Wisconsin Setting/Author
3. Dead Spider by Victoria Houston – Wisconsin Setting/Author
4. Dead Big Dawg by Victoria Houston – Wisconsin Setting/Author
5. A Crafter Hooks A Killer by Holly Quinn Wisconsin Author/Setting
6. The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna Wisconsin Author/Setting
7.Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan – Wisconsin Author/Setting
8. Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton – Wisconsin Setting 
9. Fiddling with Fate by Kathleen Ernst – Wisconsin Author
10. A Curio Killing by Mary Ellen Hughes  – Wisconsin Author

Challenge Complete September 10, 2019

11. Versions of Her by Andrea Lochen Wisconsin Author/Setting
12.A Murderous Tangle by Sally Goldenbaum – Wisconsin Author

Now it’s time to start the 2020 Challenges! 

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Murder in the Lincoln White House (Lincoln’s White House Mysteries)
by C. M. Gleason

A historical mystery from a New York Times–bestselling author that “[evokes] the period with convincing detail” (Publishers Weekly).

It is March 4, 1861, the day of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration, and the president-elect’s trusted entourage is on their guard. Allan Pinkerton, head of security, is wary of potential assassins. And Lincoln’s oldest friend, Joshua Speed, is by his side, along with Speed’s nephew, Adam Quinn—called back from the Kansas frontier to serve as the president’s assistant and jack-of-all-trades.

Despite the tight security, trouble comes nonetheless. A man is found stabbed to death in a nearby room, only yards from the president. Not wishing to cause alarm, Lincoln dispatches young Quinn to discreetly investigate. Though he is new to Washington, DC, he must navigate through high society, political personages, and a city preparing for war in order to solve the crime. Quinn finds unexpected allies in a determined female journalist named Sophie Gates, and Dr. Hilton, a free man of color. Together they must make haste to apprehend a killer. Nothing less than the fate of the nation is at stake.

Murder in the Oval Library (Lincoln’s White House Mysteries)
by C. M. Gleason

In 1861, rebel troops are within striking distance of the president—but a murderer is even closer: “An excellent mystery . . . Brilliant historical detail” (Kirkus Reviews).

As the Civil War begins, an invasion of Washington, DC, seems imminent. Lincoln’s trusted aide, Adam Speed Quinn, and Quinn’s old friend, Sen. Jim Lane, hastily assemble a motley crew of just over a hundred men and garrison them in the East Room of the White House. But even as dawn breaks, a single act of violence intrudes. One of the Frontier Guard lies dead in the oval library, throat slit ear to ear. A murderer is among them.

Lincoln promptly assigns Quinn to deal with the matter, and he in turn is aided by journalist Sophie Gates and Dr. George Hilton. And to Quinn’s chagrin, the Southern belle Constance Lemagne insists on being involved in the investigation as well. But when Dr. Hilton examines the body, he makes a startling discovery that overturns all Quinn’s assumptions about the murder. With his president at grave risk from without and within, Quinn must act quickly to catch the White House killer in this historical mystery from a New York Times–bestselling author whose work has been praised as “delightfully entertaining” (Chicago Tribune).

Murder Flies the Coop (A Beryl and Edwina Mystery)
by Jessica Ellicott

One would hardly call them birds of a feather, but thrill-seeking American adventuress Beryl Helliwell and quietly reserved Brit Edwina Davenport do one thing very well together—solve murders . . .

Sharing lodging in the sleepy English village of Walmsley Parva has eased some of the financial strain on the two old school chums, but money is still tight in these lean years following the Great War. So when the local vicar—and pigeon-racing club president—approaches them with a private inquiry opportunity, the ladies eagerly accept. There’s been a spot of bother: the treasurer has absconded with the club’s funds and several prized birds.

Beryl and Edwina hope to flush out the missing man by checking his boardinghouse and place of employment at the coal mine. But when they visit the man’s loft, they find their elusive quarry lying in white feathers and a pool of crimson blood—the only witnesses cooing mournfully. Beryl and Edwina aren’t shy about ruffling a few feathers as they home in on their suspects, but they had better find the killer fast, before their sleuthing career is cut short . . .

Murder in an Irish Pub (An Irish Village Mystery)
by Carlene O’Connor

When competing card sharps stir up Siobhán O’Sullivan’s quiet Irish village, a poker tournament turns into a game of Hangman . . .

In the small village of Kilbane in County Cork, for a cuppa tea or a slice of brown bread, you go to Naomi’s Bistro, managed by the many siblings of the lively O’Sullivan brood. For a pint or a game of darts—or for the poker tournament that’s just come to town—it’s the pub you want.

One player’s reputation precedes him: Eamon Foley, a tinker out of Dublin, called the Octopus for playing like he has eight hands under the table. But when Foley is found at the end of a rope, swinging from the rafters of Rory Mack’s pub, it’s time for the garda to take matters into their own hands. Macdara Flannery would lay odds it’s a simple suicide—after all, there’s a note and the room was locked. But Siobhán suspects foul play, as does Foley’s very pregnant widow. Perhaps one of Foley’s fellow finalists just raised the stakes to life and death.

With conflicting theories on the crime—not to mention the possibility of a proposal—tensions are running high between Siobhán and Macdara. Soon it’s up to Siobhán to call a killer’s bluff, but if she doesn’t play her cards right, she may be the next one taken out of the game . . .

Bite Club (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson

Melanie Travis’s new book club caters to readers craving fiction—with bite! But when a real-life murder case bares its fangs, she’ll need to swap dog-eared novels for a lengthy suspect list . . .

Thanks to Aunt Peg and her enthusiastic pedigree dog show pals, Melanie’s aptly named Bite Club reading group has book lovers all over town burying their noses in thrilling murder mysteries. But another pet project surfaces when Melanie reluctantly agrees to train a Bulldog puppy for elusive member Evan Major. Between the unusual bruise on his face and a bizarre run-in with an unknown dog show attendee, introverted Evan can’t dodge trouble. It even sends him to an early grave—while landing Melanie in the hot seat for homicide . . .

Caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, Melanie delves into the victim’s shady past to prove her innocence. As she uncovers a juicy scandal that cost Evan his marriage and, possibly, his life, Melanie realizes that booking the real culprit comes down to gathering her pack of suspects together at the next Bite Club meeting. What she doesn’t know is Aunt Peg has been hiding some explosive secrets of her own—secrets that, once unleashed, could pit Melanie against an unpredictable killer bent on bringing this story to an abrupt end . . .

The Gold Pawn (An Art Deco Mystery)
by L.A. Chandlar

November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing persons case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . . .

Finally summoning the courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains—and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple . . .

Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe intent on ending his mayoral term—and his life . . .

Guided by overseas telegrams from the man she loves and painful memories, only Lane can silence old ghosts and derail present-day schemes. But when the investigation awakens a darker side of her own nature, will she and New York City’s most prominent movers and shakers still forge ahead into a prosperous new age . . . or is history doomed to repeat itself?

The Pearl Dagger (An Art Deco Mystery)
by L.A. Chandlar

As the Great Depression loosens its grip on New York City, Mayor La Guardia and his team meet their greatest foe in the fight against organized crime …

Lane Sanders and her fiery boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia have managed to contain the explosive underground conspiracies of New York’s most sinister schemers. But after a seemingly harmless pinball racket claims the life of a trusted ally, a new ringleader signals the rebirth of an all-too-familiar crime network at home and across the pond …

Spurred on by the possibility of a violent syndicate spreading like wildfire through Europe, Lane sets sail for London—the city where her parents began the undercover work that led to their tragic undoing. And this time, she won’t chase down childhood nightmares without Finn Brodie, who vows to dispel his own difficult secrets abroad …

While Finn confronts a devious sibling’s plot that echoes Orson Welles’s Voodoo Macbeth, Lane discovers that a dazzling pearl dagger may wield the ultimate clue to guide their hunt for justice on two sides of the ocean. With terrors from the past and present converging, Lane can’t save herself unless she starts believing that, like her weapon of choice, she also has the power to be both beautiful and dangerous.

A Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime)
by Heather Redmond

On the eve of the Victorian era, London has a new sleuth . . .

In the winter of 1835, young Charles Dickens is a journalist on the rise at the Evening Chronicle. Invited to dinner at the estate of the newspaper’s co-editor, Charles is smitten with his boss’s daughter, vivacious nineteen-year-old Kate Hogarth. They are having the best of times when a scream shatters the pleasant evening. Charles, Kate, and her father rush to the neighbors’ home, where Miss Christiana Lugoson lies unconscious on the floor. By morning, the poor young woman will be dead.

When Charles hears from a colleague of a very similar mysterious death a year ago to the date, also a young woman, he begins to suspect poisoning and feels compelled to investigate. The lovely Kate offers to help—using her social position to gain access to the members of the upper crust, now suspects in a murder. If Charles can find justice for the victims, it will be a far, far better thing than he has ever done. But with a twist or two in this most peculiar case, he and Kate may be in for the worst of times . . .

Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery)
by Carol J. Perry

A cold case update in Salem, Massachusetts . . .

Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion, and Lee Barrett is happy to pitch in, tracking down addresses and licking envelopes. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, her priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news before anyone else.

When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are quickly alerted. But it’s her Aunt Ibby’s emotional reaction to Lee’s TV report that puts her on the case. With the help of O’Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, she’ll have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history again . . .

‘Tis the Season Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery)
by Leslie Meier

Christmas has come to Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and sleuthing skills are at the top of Lucy’s Stone’s wish list in these two beloved mysteries—now collected in one festive volume for the very first time! . . .

NEW YEAR’S EVE MURDER

After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker’s Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter are ready to ring in the new year in style. Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine! But the all-expenses-paid trip is bound to have some hidden costs—and one of them is murder. Soon it will be up to Lucy to dress down a killer before the ball drops in Times Square . . .

CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDER

Lucy Stone is excited about acting in the town’s production of A Christmas Carol. But a real-life Scrooge has everyone feeling frosty. While Tinker’s Cove has fallen on hard times, Downeast Mortgage owners Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner are raking in profits from misfortune. So when Marlowe is murdered, the suspects are many. But Scribner claims Marlowe’s ghost has come to warn him of his own impending demise—and he’s soon receiving death threats. Now Lucy will have to solve the case faster than she can say “Bah! Humbug!”. . .

 

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Séances Are for Suckers (An Eleanor Wilde Mystery)(ARC)
by Tamara Berry

When something goes bump in the night . . . it’s most likely a plumbing problem. But fake medium Eleanor Wilde is happy to investigate and cleanse your home of spectral presences—for a fee. Hey, it’s a living . . .

Ellie has an ailing sister to care for and working as a ghost hunter who doesn’t believe in ghosts helps cover the bills. When she’s lucky, it also pays for the occasional tropical vacation. On her latest job, though, she may be in for some genuine scares.

The skeptical, reserved, and very rich Nicholas Hartford III has flown her all the way to his family’s ancestral estate in England—supposedly haunted by a phantom named Xavier. Nicholas thinks it’s all just as much a crock as Ellie’s business is, but his mother is sure that Xavier is real, and he’s willing to employ Ellie if she can put a stop to the nonsense. But when an actual dead body appears—and subsequently disappears—at Castle Hartford, she’ll have to apply her talent for trickery and psychological insight to solve a flesh-and-blood murder.

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Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong (A Victorian Mystery Book 35)
by Emily BrightwellMrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian Mystery series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey.Thomas Mundy checks in to London’s Wrexley Hotel, but he never checks out. The maid finds him on the floor of his room, bludgeoned to death by his own walking stick. Inspector Witherspoon is soon on the case and learns Mundy had a reputation for being polite, charming, and diligent—an unlikely victim for such a violent crime.But Mrs. Jeffries and the household staff uncover that Mundy was less an amiable businessman and more a duplicitous con man with enemies on both sides of the Atlantic. Now Witherspoon and his staff must determine who on their lengthy list of suspects had the motive to put Mundy in the red.

A Mrs. Jeffries Mystery

She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon . . . and keeps him on his toes. Everyone’s awed by his Scotland Yard successes—but they don’t know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries’ polished detection skills are up to the task . . . proving that behind every great man there’s a woman—and that a crimesolver’s work is never done.

Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women (A Victorian Mystery Book 36)
by Emily Brightwell

Mrs. Jeffries returns for the holidays in the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling Victorian series.

Christopher Gilhaney isn’t a popular man, and he proves why once again when he insults every guest at Abigail Chase’s Guy Fawkes Night dinner party. When Gilhaney is shot dead under the cover of the night’s fireworks, his murder is deemed a robbery gone wrong. But when the case hasn’t been solved six weeks later, Inspector Witherspoon is called upon to find the killer—and quickly!

With Christmas almost here, Inspector Witherspoon and everyone in his household is upset at the possibility of having to cancel their holiday plans—all to solve a case that seems impossible. Only Luty Belle, Ruth, and Mrs. Goodge refuse to give up and let the crime become a cold case. In fact, the American heiress, the charming next-door neighbor, and the formidable cook use all of their persuasive powers to get the others on board, because these three wise women know justice doesn’t take time off for Christmas.

Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods (A Victorian Mystery Book 37)
by Emily Brightwell

When poison fells an arrogant and rude businessman in public, Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon both realize they are looking for a deranged maniac in this all new installment in the beloved Victorian Mystery series

On a cold night in February, the popular Lighterman’s ball festivities are cut short when a guest of honor, Stephen Bremmer, goes into spasms and abruptly collapses. Once again Inspector Witherspoon returns to the Wrexley Hotel to investigate a murder.

The victim was considered a boorish snob who felt entitled to anything and anyone he wanted. Yet despite his Oxford education, he was barely literate, lazy, and prone to make stupid mistakes – his last mistake turned out to be crossing a killer.

The owners and management of the Wrexley Hotel clearly don’t welcome the return of Inspector Witherspoon but he has his job to do, and Mrs. Jeffries, and the rest of the household must do their best to catch a murderer who shows no signs of slowing down…

Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel (A Victorian Mystery Book 38)
by Emily Brightwell

When a wealthy widow is murdered, Mrs. Jeffries investigates what happens when money can’t buy your life in this all-new installment in the beloved Victorian Mystery series.

Margaret Starling wasn’t the sort of woman anyone expected to be murdered. She was on the advisory board of the London Angel Alms Society, she was an active member of St. Peter’s Church, and, best of all, she was always willing to lend a hand to a friend or a neighbor in need of advice. She was also a wealthy upper-class widow. But money alone won’t protect you when someone decides it’s high time you met your maker.

Margaret’s next-door neighbor considered her an odious busybody, the Reverend Reginald Pontefract wished she’d never set foot in St. Peter’s, and half the advisory board of the London Angel Alms Society heartily hoped she’d come down with pneumonia before the next quarterly meeting.

All in all, Margaret wasn’t as well regarded as she’d always thought she was. But Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon know that justice isn’t a popularity contest, and they won’t rest until they sift through the suspects to catch a sinister scrooge.

A Merry Murder (A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery
by Kate Kingsbury

It is an Edwardian Christmas, and the Pennyfoot Hotel is all dressed up. But when one of the guests turns up dead, owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter realizes it is not only the Pennyfoot that is back in business—the hotel’s Christmas curse is, too…

The Pennyfoot halls are decked with boughs of holly, a magnificently decorated tree graces the lobby, and the hotel’s bookings are finally looking up. Owner of the Pennyfoot, Cecily Sinclair Baxter is in high holiday spirits until disaster strikes, threatening to ruin yet another Yuletide. Her chief housemaid Gertie McBride has found a man’s body in the hotel laundry room—with a woman’s scarf wrapped around his neck and a note in his pocket from the hotel’s new maid.

Cecily is determined to track down the culprit, but with multiple suspects icing her out of crucial clues, she realizes this killer may be more slippery than most. With Christmas right around the corner, it is up to Cecily to prevent this holiday season at the Pennyfoot from turning out more fatal than festive.

A Brush with Shadows (A Lady Darby Mystery)
by Anna Lee Huber

Sebastian Gage returns home to battle the ghosts of his past and prevent them from destroying his future with Kiera in the latest exciting installment in this national bestselling series.

July 1831. It’s been fifteen years since Sebastian Gage has set foot in Langstone Manor. Though he has shared little with his wife, Lady Kiera Darby, about his past, she knows that he planned never to return to the place of so many unhappy childhood memories. But when an urgent letter from his grandfather reaches them in Dublin, Ireland, and begs Gage to visit, Kiera convinces him to go.

All is not well at Langstone Manor. Gage’s grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock, is gravely ill, and Gage’s cousin Alfred has suddenly vanished. He wandered out into the moors and never returned. The Viscount is convinced someone or something other than the natural hazards of the moors is to blame for Alfred’s disappearance. And when Alfred’s brother Rory goes missing, Kiera and Gage must concede he may be right. Now, they must face the ghosts of Gage’s past, discover the truth behind the local superstitions, and see beyond the tricks being played by their very own eyes to expose what has happened to Gage’s family before the moors claim yet another victim…

Murder on Trinity Place (A Gaslight Mystery)
by Victoria Thompson

The devil’s in the details when a man is found murdered near Trinity Church in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight Mystery series…

The year of 1899 is drawing to a close. Frank and Sarah Malloy are getting ready to celebrate the New Year at Trinity Church when they notice Mr. Pritchard, a relative of their neighbor’s, behaving oddly and annoying the other revelers. Frank tries to convince Pritchard to return home with them, but the man refuses and Frank loses him in the crowd. The next morning Sarah and Frank are horrified to learn Pritchard was murdered sometime in the night, his body left on Trinity Place, the side street near the church.

The police aren’t too interested in the murder, and the family are concerned that the circumstances of the death will reflect badly on Pritchard’s reputation. To protect the family from scandal, Nelson asks Frank to investigate. Frank and Sarah delve into Pritchard’s past and realize there may have been a deadly side to the dawning of the new century.

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs (A Royal Spyness Mystery)
by Rhys Bowen

Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya’s Happy Valley, but murder crashes the party in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.

I was so excited when Darcy announced out of the blue that we were flying to Kenya for our extended honeymoon. Now that we are here, I suspect he has actually been sent to fulfill another secret mission. I am trying very hard not to pick a fight about it, because after all, we are in paradise! Darcy finally confides that there have been robberies in London and Paris. It seems the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Since we are staying in the Happy Valley—the center of upper-class English life—we are well positioned to hunt for clues and ferret out possible suspects.

Now that I am a sophisticated married woman, I am doing my best to sound like one. But crikey! These aristocrats are a thoroughly loathsome sort enjoying a completely decadent lifestyle filled with wild parties and rampant infidelity. And one of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, has the nerve to make a play for me. While I am on my honeymoon! Of course, I put an end to that right off.

When he is found bloodied and lifeless along a lonely stretch of road, it appears he fell victim to a lion. But it seems that the Happy Valley community wants to close the case a bit too quickly. Darcy and I soon discover that there is much more than a simple robbery and an animal attack to contend with here in Kenya. Nearly everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead and some will go to great lengths to silence anyone who asks too many questions. The hunt is on! I just hope I can survive my honeymoon long enough to catch a killer. . . .

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Sell Low, Sweet Harriet (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery) by Sherry Harris #Review / #Giveaway


Sell Low, Sweet Harriet (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Publisher: Kensington (December 31, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722515
ISBN-13: 978-1496722515
Kindle ASIN: B07NX1WXLN

ONE WOMAN’S TRASH . . .
Sarah Winston’s garage sale business has a new client: the daughter of a couple who recently died in a tragic accident while away on a trip to Africa. Their house is full of exotic items from around the world that need to be sold off. When Sarah learns that the deceased were retired CIA agents, the job becomes more intriguing—but when an intruder breaks in and a hidden camera is found, it also becomes more dangerous. And Sarah has enough on her plate right now since she’s investigating a murder on the side at the nearby Air Force base, where her status as a former military spouse gives her a special kind of access.

. . . IS ANOTHER WOMAN’S TROUBLE
With so much work piling up, Sarah decides to hire some help. But her assistant, Harriet—a former FBI hostage negotiator—has a rare talent for salesmanship. Which is good, because Sarah may have to haggle for her life with Harriet’s assistance . . .

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Sarah Winston’s business is slow during the colder blustery months but an estate sale is the perfect thing to keep her garage sale business in the black. A couple recently died while in Africa and their daughter has hired Sarah to liquidate the couple’s belongings. As retired CIA agents the couple traveled the world and collected a vast number of exotic items. The house is full of treasures. Treasures others seem to be interested in because there is a break-in, a suspicious visitor, and a hidden camera placed in the house. Sarah is nervous being the house alone and because it is a huge job she hires a couple of ladies from the nearby Air Force Base to assist her hoping there is safety in numbers.  That is when she meets Harriet, a former FBI hostage negotiator with a flair for sales. She also has other talents that may come in handy.

Sarah has also been tasked to keep her eyes and ears open when on the base to help the authorities wrap up a murder that took place there. So instead of telling her to butt out of the investigation Sarah now feels she has permission to snoop.

Ms. Harris weaves two strong mysteries together this time to give her readers a real treat.

I was delighted to catch up with this group of special characters. Sarah’s life continues to unfold after her divorce from CJ. I really enjoy the relationship she is building with Seth. An old neighbor returns to rent the apartment next door and landlady/friend Stella’s relationship with Nathan Bossom (Awesome) may have hit a snag. Carol Carson, friend, and owner of Paint and Wine and Angelo and Rosalie DiNapoli are around to serve up advice and be sounding boards. The DiNapoli’ also serve up some mouthwatering Italian dishes that will make your mouth water.  We are also introduced to several new characters. The dialogues between the characters in realistic and relationships make sense. Several subplots immerge allowing all the characters to really shine.

The mysteries are very well-plotted. I really liked the police asking Sarah for help even though she does go beyond their instructions just like they had to know she would. I enjoyed the twists and turns that played out with the estate sale mystery. The author really impressed me with the way both mysteries developed side by side to keep Sarah on her toes. Frankly, I was on my toes as well, completely drawn in but still putting clues together until all was revealed. Sherry Harris is also an expert at adding humor in all the right places. She had me truly giggling in places. I loved the ending too!

Entertaining and filled with wonderful characters Sell Low, Sweet Harriet, is an excellent addition to this series. The entire series are must-reads for all cozy lovers.

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Agatha Award-nominated author, Sherry Harris, started bargain hunting in second grade at her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series.

Find out more about Sherry on her webpage here.


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Yule Log Murder
by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross

Fresh-baked desserts can warm even the frostiest Christmas in coastal Maine. But there’s little room for holiday cheer when murder is the new seasonal tradition . . .

YULE LOG MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Lucy Stone is thrilled to be cast as an extra in a festive period film—until the set becomes a murder scene. Returning to her role as sleuth, Lucy dashes to restore peace to Tinker’s Cove, unwrap a cold-hearted criminal’s MO—and reveal how one ornate Yule log cake could possibly cause so much drama.

DEATH BY YULE LOG by LEE HOLLIS
Hayley Powell’s holidays aren’t off to a very merry start. Not only has her daughter brought Conner—an infuriatingly perfect new beau—home to Bar Harbor, but a local troublemaker has been found dead with traces of Hayley’s signature Yule log cake on his body. . . . And Conner is the prime murder suspect.

LOGGED ON by BARBARA ROSS
Julia Snowden can’t make a decent Bûche de Noël to save her life, so she enlists the help of her eccentric neighbor, Mrs. St. Onge, in hopes of mastering the dessert for Christmas. But with everyone in the older woman’s circle missing or deceased, it’s up to Julia to stop the deadly tidings before she’s the next Busman’s Harbor resident to meet a not-so-jolly fate.

Poppy Harmon Investigates (A Desert Flowers Mystery)
by Lee Hollis

Lee Hollis begins a delightful new series in which Poppy Harmon and her friends find that life after retirement can be much busier—and deadlier—than any of them ever anticipated . . .

When Poppy goes from complacent retiree to penniless Palm Springs widow in a matter of weeks, she decides to use her obsession with true crime shows to start a career as a private eye. But after opening the Desert Flowers Detective Agency with help from her two best friends, Poppy realizes that age brings wisdom, not business—until she convinces her daughter’s handsome boyfriend, Matt, to pose as the face of the agency . . .

It’s not long before Matt snags a client desperate to retrieve priceless jewelry burglarized from an aging actress at the Palm Leaf Retirement Village. Or before Poppy stumbles upon the bloodied body of the victim’s arch rival. . . . In a flash, Poppy’s innocent detective gig is upstaged by a dangerous murder investigation, slimy suspects, and unspeakable scandal. As she and her team search to uncover the truth, she must also confront secrets about her late husband’s past—even if it means turning her world upside down all over again.

Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce (A Mahalia Watkins Mystery)
by A.L. Herbert

Mahalia’s Sweet Tea boasts the most flavorful soul food in all of Prince George’s County, Maryland. But as events at the beauty industry’s leading trade show turn ugly, owner Halia Watkins needs to bite into an unsavory new item on the menu—murder!

When the chicest hair convention of the year gets cooking in town, so does business at Mahalia’s Sweet Tea. Halia can barely handle the influx of customers looking to satisfy their appetites after spending the day surrounded by outrageous runway styles. As buzz builds around beauty mogul and pop culture icon Monique Dupree, collard greens start moving out of the kitchen faster than models strutting down the catwalk . . .

But the glitz fades the moment Monique is found shot to death. Turns out, the glamorous entrepreneur’s vanity empire was stained by bitter rivalries, explosive affairs, and backstabbers scheming for fame and fortune. With more suspects than ingredients listed on a bottle of deep conditioner, Halia and her cousin Wavonne rush to discover who pulled the trigger—before the conniving culprit dishes another deadly surprise . . .

The Diva Sweetens the Pie (A Domestic Diva Mystery)
by Krista Davis

In New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis’s new Domestic Diva mystery, Old Town’s annual Pie Festival crumbles into chaos after a celebrity judge is murdered, leaving it up to entertaining maven and sometime-sleuth Sophie Winston to dole out justice . . .

Nothing heats up Old Town quite like the annual Pie Festival, and this year is no exception, especially since Sophie’s professional rival, Natasha Smith, is barred from participating. Sophie, meanwhile, has been asked to oversee the pie eating contest. But the drama really rolls out when celebrity judge, Patsy Lee Presley, host of television’s most popular cooking show, bites the crust during the competition, and Sophie’s friends are suspected of the crime.

As the folks of Old Town dish, the tough truth about Patsy’s meteoric rise to domestic stardom begins to leak. It turns out that Patsy’s sweet exterior hid a secret sour side, which alienated many of her closest allies, including a jilted ex-husband, a bitter ex-mentor, and a jaded ex-best friend. With the festival falling apart, and her friends in danger of being boxed up for murder, Sophie must cobble together the clues and stop a flakey fiend from serving up any more deadly desserts.

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

Purls and Poison (A Black Sheep & Co. Mystery)
by Anne Canadeo

When a fellow Black Sheep Knitter is suspected of poisoning her coworker, the group puts down their needles and takes up their friend’s defense . . .

Suzanne Cavanaugh has just about had it with her office rival at Prestige Properties. It’s bad enough that Liza Devereaux is constantly needling her at work, but when she shows up at one of Suzanne’s open houses to poach potential buyers, it’s the last straw. No one in the office fails to hear the two snarling at each other.

When Liza is later found dead in her office cubicle—poisoned by a diet shake—Suzanne becomes the prime suspect. The Black Sheep Knitters have no doubt their friend has been framed—but they need to prove it. Stirred to action, they get together to catch a sneaky killer who’s trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes . . .

Hounds of the Basket Stitch (A Black Sheep & Co. Mystery)
by Anne Canadeo

The Black Sheep Knitters come to the aid of two sisters—one a victim and one a suspect . . .

Maggie Messina knows that knitting is not only enjoyable, it also calms both the mind and soul. She’s happy to visit two sisters, Holly and Rose Piper, and teach them some simple stitches, while the rest of the Black Sheep knitters tag along. Dana Haeger has known the young women since they were children and is the closest thing to family the Pipers now have. Dana is especially concerned about Rose, who has been easily overwhelmed ever since a car accident many years ago. She is at her best managing the houseful of hounds that she rescues and shelters, while Holly runs the family nursery and remains devoted to Rose’s care. The lesson goes well, but the knitters are troubled about the sisters living alone in such a remote corner of Plum Harbor.

Their worst fears are realized when Holly is attacked in her greenhouse and the building set ablaze. Rose is found unconscious nearby, her dogs running wild. When she wakes, her memory is blank. Holly is hospitalized and unable to offer even a clue. The Black Sheep suspect a mysterious drifter who had talked his way into a few days of wages, and just as quickly, disappeared. Or was it their estranged half-brother, Toby, full of family grievances and eager to make a claim on the estate? Or, heaven forbid . . . was it Rose? Hovering over all these questions like an ominous shadow is a dark secret from the sisters’ past.

While it seems everything is unraveling, the knitters will need to keep their wits as sharp as their needles to prove Rose’s innocence and stop a killer from striking again.

Murder in Greenwich Village (A Louise Faulk Mystery)
by Liz Freeland

A year before World War I breaks out, the sidewalks of Manhattan are crowded with restless newcomers chasing the fabled American Dream, including a sharp-witted young woman who discovers a talent for investigating murder . . .

New York City, 1913. Twenty-year-old Louise Faulk has fled Altoona, Pennsylvania, to start a life under dizzying lights. In a city of endless possibilities, it’s not long before the young ingénue befriends a witty aspiring model and makes a splash at the liveliest parties on the Upper East Side. But glitter fades to grit when Louise’s Greenwich Village apartment becomes the scene of a violent murder and a former suitor hustling for Tin Pan Alley fame hits front-page headlines as the prime suspect . . .

Driven to investigate the crime, Louise finds herself stepping into the seediest corners of the burgeoning metropolis—where she soon discovers that failed dreams can turn dark and deadly . . .

Murder in Midtown (A Louise Faulk Mystery)
by Liz Freeland

In 1913, while the women’s suffrage movement gains momentum in the nation’s capital, the thought of a woman joining the New York City police force is downright radical, even if recent transplant Louise Faulk has already solved a murder . . .

Louise has finally gathered the courage to take the police civil service exam, but when she returns to her secretary job at the midtown publishing house of Van Hooten and McChesney, she’s shocked to find the offices smoldering from a deadly, early morning fire. Huddled on the sidewalk, her coworkers inform her that Guy Van Hooten’s body has been found in the charred ruins. Rumors of foul play are already circulating, and the firm’s surviving partner asks Louise to investigate the matter.

Despite a number of possible suspects, the last person Louise expects to be arrested is Ogden McChesney, an old friend and mentor to her aunt Irene. Louise will have to search high and low, from the tenements in the Lower East Side to the very clouds above the tallest skyscrapers, to get to the bottom of an increasingly complex case . . .

How to Knit a Murder (Seaside Knitters Society)
by Sally Goldenbaum

A mysterious woman arrives in picturesque Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and the Seaside Knitters welcome her into their cozy world of intricate patterns and colorful skeins. Unfortunately, nothing frays a warm introduction like cold-blooded murder . . .

With her shy manner and baggy jeans, Rose Chopra becomes an unlikely hero the night she stumbles into Izzy Perry’s shop and inadvertently saves a shipment of yarn from water damage. When the Seaside Knitters help the enigmatic handywoman settle into town and find work at a popular real estate company, Rose proves she can fix just about anything—until a potential homebuyer is killed and she becomes entangled in murder . . .

The moment controversial entrepreneur Spencer Paxton is found dead in a pricey ocean-side house, accusations fly at the last person on the property—Rose. But the Seaside Knitters have their doubts.
As tensions build in the sleepy New England community and Rose’s secret past unravels, the ladies face an unsettling realization—true victims aren’t always the ones buried six feet under . . .

One Feta in the Grave (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian

As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year’s beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk—dead by the sea …

With a sandcastle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year … but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals—as well as some relationships no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered …

Recipes included!

Murder at the PTA (B&N Exclusive Edition)
by Lee Hollis

First in a new series!

Someone is trying to turn Portland High into a school for scandal with a gossipy website called Dirty Laundry. The latest target of ruinous rumors is newly elected PTA president Sandra Wallage. After a heated meeting with outraged parents, Sandra runs into fellow school mom and private investigator Maya Kendrick, who’s discovered the person behind the website. But when the women storm into the venomous gossip columnist’s office they find a lifeless body—along with a confession.

Although the police rule the death a suicide, Maya suspects an injured party hung the Dirty Laundry creator out to dry. Maya already has a PI partner—but she’s pregnant, and sonograms and stakeouts tend to conflict. So when Sandra volunteers for a crash course in sleuthing, Maya accepts the help. But as these unlikely partners study the clues, a killer plans to teach them a lesson . . .

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